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You can search using the following criteria

  • Select World Region – You can choose from a list of world regions such as Western Europe, Africa, Asia etc. This will select all those countries within that region that we work with.
  • Select Country – You can choose from the list of countries given. If you want to display the projects available in all the countries within in a specific programme (see above), don’t use this box and leave the selection on “Select Country”.
  • Select Project Type – Enter the type (or types) of work that you are interested in by ticking one or more of the boxes provided. You must select at least one type
  • Your age – Some projects do have age limits and we do offer teenage projects for 16 – 17 year olds.
  • Dates from and to – Enter the dates that you are available. For searches by date, please use the calendar provided or enter dates in this format: dd-mm-yyyy. So 1st July 2009 would be 01-07-2009.  Entering dates in a different format will not bring up project results.
  • For MTV projects we advise that volunteers leave the date section blank or enter a really broad date range as it is often possible to join a project for a lesser time than the given dates. This information will be provided in the project details
  • CPI-01-0 is the code of the project: this is the main ID and each project has a different one, depending on the country and host organisation, usually followed by -09, indicating the year when the project is taking place (in this case 2009)
  • Location: you will find here information about the area where the project takes place and in which country.
  • The terminal indicates the nearest train or bus station or international airport. This should help you to begin looking into travel tickets as soon as your placement is confirmed.
  • Project extra fees – if applicable – will be indicated by each project entry.
  • Any further information regarding specific entry requirements or extra fees will be indicated in the Special Requirementsand Extra Fee sections at the end of the project description. Check this section carefully before making your choices.
  • Information on countries and organisations can be found by clicking on the country link at the top of the Search Page. Check this section carefully as it may contain further important information that might influence your project choices.
  • Unless otherwise stated under Special Requirements English will be the common language on the projects.

Information on projects will appear in the information bar as follows:

CPI-01-09 Design Pubblico

STANDARD Italy 12/04/2009-22/04/2009



Title : Design Pubblico

Programme : STANDARD

Project type : Festival theme

Age : 18 to 30 Places : 6

Country : Italy

Travel terminal : Milan

Dates : 12/04/2009-22/04/2009

Location : Milan

Work :Volunteers will assist “esterni” a social/design collective during a festival called design pubblico week which aims to bring urban open spaces to life in milan. Events aim to bring a sense of community to these urban spaces with the help of volunteers, bringing individuals together to participate in events. The theme is “emergencies” in the city, specifically “building sites.” Volunteers will be managing the “designer’s house,” a temporary house for young designers as well as helping with all other events.Events include a cookery performance, sports events and art installations. Note: volunteers only get one day off during the project.

Accommodation : Volunteers will sleep in the “designers house,” a large temporary hostel for designers and other guests. a sleeping bag is required.

Special requirements : No special requirements.

Extrafee: N/A

The type of work involved in the project will be indicated on the information bar by the following abbreviations:

AGRI Agricultural work SOCI Social work
ARTS Artistic theme ELDE Working with elderly
ARCH Archaeology KIDS Working with children
ENVI Environmental TEEN Teenage camps
MAN Manual work TEACH Teaching English
RENO Renovation/Restoration STUDY Educational aspect
CONS Construction DISA Working with mentally/physically disabled
FEST Festival theme HIST Historical theme
CULT Cultural theme

Read here more information on the types of projects>>

How to create your project selection

On-line Application and payments

This system is designed to make it easier for you to book a project. Please use the following headings to help you navigate through our on-line payments system. If you do get stuck please feel free to contact the Concordia office on 01273 422218

1. Choosing your project

Once you have found a project on the project search, you can click the select button and the project will be added to your basket. If you need help to select a project please click the help button on the project search page.

2. Adding projects to your selection

For our application requirements we ask volunteers to select a number of projects. We ask you to choose the projects in order of preference.

The first project that you chose will be the first project that we try to get you a place on. If there is no place available on your 1st choice project we will try to get you on your second choice, third choice etc until we find you a place. You will only be charged for one project.

We encourage applicants to choose as many alternative choices to your first project (up to 8), as this gives you more chances to find a place.

On the ‘Your details’ page we ask you of all your choices are full whether you would like to be booked on another project. Please think carefully before ticking yes to this box.

Once you have chosen your projects you can change the order of the preference on the basket page.

To choose alternative projects please click on the ‘Add to selection 1 as alternative choice to…” and this will be added to your alternative selection on the basket page.

3. Second projects

If you would like to take part on two projects you can get a discount £30 if you book them both at the same time.

To do this you can follow the adding projects procedure and then when you have chosen a second project click on the “Add to selection 2”.

You can again choose alternative projects for your chosen project (up to 8 alternatives).

Please note: make sure that if you are booking additional projects that you have enough travel time to get from one project to the next, especially if they are in different countries and similar dates.

4. Your project selection

Once you have chosen all your project selections please check through them and make sure you have them in your order of preference.

In the basket page you can change the order of preference of all the alternative choices you selected apart from the first project you choose.

If you need to add any training courses or shop items you can do so at this point.

If you are happy with you selection then press Apply now/payments.

5. Training courses

If you would like to take part on any of Concordia’s training courses, from our North South preparation weekends to our Co-ordinator training weekend and our Post Season Event, you can click on the You haven’t selected any training courses button’ and this will take you through to the training booking page.

For all North South Projects you will need to have attended a North South Preparation weekend before going on your project please check the following for more details: North South Preparation

6. Shop

If you would like to buy one of our famous t-shirts or hoodies please put your orders through the shop. Don’t forget to tell us the type and size you would like.

7. Apply now/payments

Once you have chosen all your projects, shop items and training courses and are happy with the dates and details please click the ‘Apply now/Payment button. This will take you through to the ‘Your details’ page.

8. Your details

This is what we often refer to as the VEF form or (Volunteer Exchange Form).

Please fill this form in every part: there are certain fields that are compulsory and if you don’t fill them in you will not be able to complete the application process. Once you have filled in this form please press continue at the bottom of the page.

9. Your summary order

Please check through your order summary to see if the information is correct.

You must read the Terms and Conditions page and you have to tick the ‘I have read and accept Concordia’s terms and conditions’ box before you can continue

10. Pay by post

If you do not wish to apply online and pay by credit card you can still pay by post. Please click on the ‘pay by post’ button where all your information will be displayed. Please print this page and send it with the correct fee to:

Concordia, 19 North Street, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DH

Please make cheques payable to ‘Concordia’ and you can also pay by postal order. Please do not send cash in the post

11. Terms & Conditions

Please make sure that you read these before applying for a project Terms and Conditions

12. Secure online payments with Protx

When you are happy with ‘Your Order Summary’ please press the continue button if you would like to pay by credit card. You will then go through to an external site called Protx. This site is very secure and will guide you through the payment procedures.

13. Confirmation email

Once all your payments details have been entered and accepted by Protx you will be sent an email with a summary of your project application. You will hear from Concordia between 3 -5 working days.

14. Help

If at any time you get stuck and need help/advice please call the Concordia office on 01273 422218

15. Teenage Projects

If you are under 18 and applying by post, the form has to be signed by one of your parents.

If you are under 18 and applying online, after submitting the online application and payment we need you to send a copy of the VEF by post/fax signed by one of your parents. This is compulsory.

16. Applying with a friend

If you wish to be placed on a project together with a friend, please indicate their name clearly in the final section “General Remarks”. If applying by post it is also a good idea to send the applications together in the same envelope, as we need to reserve the places together.

If you need further help browsing our project database or if you find any problem in the online application please don’t hesitate to contact the office on 01273 422218 or email

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